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Old 03-01-2017, 05:30 PM   #1
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Axis 24.1 back to E-350 chassis?

Thor site now shows all Axis floor plans on E-450 except for the smaller 24.1 on E-350, although it's not reflected in specifications which still show all on E-350 (i.e. -- lower GVWR and GCWR).

Thinking it was likely a typo I looked at Vegas and it's shown the same way. Difference seems intentional.

Does it make sense to you guys that Thor would return the 24.1 back to the E-350 chassis if emission issues have been worked out?
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Old 03-01-2017, 06:40 PM   #2
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Not everything Thor does makes sense. However, in the past, you have not been able to rely on the info on the Thor site. I am not sure they ever changed the 24.1 from a E-350 to a 450 in the literature. My Vegas E-350 was always right at the max weight for the chassis when I weighted it. My E-450 Axis is 2000 lbs light in the rear. I like that. I would not want to go back to a 350.
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Old 03-01-2017, 06:49 PM   #3
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You're probably right on Thor not previously listing or making reference to any Axis/Vegas being on the E-450 in marketing literature (as far as I recall). That's what makes this strange -- that they show 4 of the 5 floor plans as E-450 but the 24.1 as E-350.

It could be an error, or perhaps a revision as they switch to 2018 model year.
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Old 03-01-2017, 08:50 PM   #4
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I thought Ford had dropped the E-350 chassis from production.
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Old 03-01-2017, 09:22 PM   #5
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Nope. They are still available in 2017.
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Old 03-01-2017, 09:35 PM   #6
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Yeah, the E-350 at up to 12,500 pounds GVWR is a great size between the smaller Transits, Sprinters, and ProMasters, and the heavier-duty E-450 which goes up to 14,500 pounds.

There are so many Sprinter-based motorhomes on 11,030-pound chassis that I don't see why the E-350 can't be used very successfully. I'd personally like to see greater use of single-rear-wheel E-350s to compete with ProMasters and Transits.
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Old 03-03-2017, 06:14 PM   #7
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Axis and Vegas 24.1 floorplans will indeed be manufactured on E-350 chassis for the time being according to rep I spoke with. Other floorplans, which are longer and heavier, will remain on E-450. He said once supply of E-350s runs out, they'll likely go back to E-450s.

For those who may prefer the E-350 this may be an opportunity. Those who only want the E-450 now need to avoid getting an E-350 unknowingly.
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